In order to have our best possible experience in therapy, we must feel wholly accepted and seen. Anna (she/hers) fosters your comfort in opening up, to help you to claim your healing process.
Anna’s passion for therapy comes from learning about social justice. In 2007, Anna worked in community-based health services, supporting people with complex and terminal health statuses, Anna soon discovered that health and wellness are not isolated experiences, but are often socially determined.
Having chosen psychotherapy as her tool for change, Anna earned her Master’s of Counselling Psychology at Adler University in 2014. Her approach is politically-located, holistic, and- most importantly- determined by her clients’ goals and perspectives.
In addition to counselling at Peak Resilience, Anna has worked in non-profit and post-secondary settings as a support worker, group facilitator and has developed trauma-informed programs.
Anna emphases her clients' resistance to oppressive dynamics; she is an approved mental health provider with the Crime Victim Assistance Program, the Residential Historical Abuse Program, and the First Nations Health Authority.
Trauma and Violence
Relationship Concerns (Individual)
Grief and Loss
Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals
What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?
The Healing-Centred, Trauma-Informed counselling and clinical supervision that I provide is informed by my own experiences of violence and resilience. Between 2010 and 2012 I was a volunteer with a fantastic local victim services agency. I had briefly been a client of the agency three years before, when a partner of mine became dangerous and I needed help safety-planning. Volunteering there afterwards, I unwittingly began a journey of becoming more personally empowered than I knew was possible. The other major shift was learning about the diversity and resiliency of people and communities who experience oppression. There were countless revelations in those first two years supporting survivors. Now thinking about it, this volunteer work was possibly the single biggest turning point in my professional and personal journey.
What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?
Working closely with people is soul-work for me, aka my true path. I love my clients! They are all wonderful. Sitting with them I feel present, receptive, and appreciative. I’m not saying therapy is fun and games, but that I sincerely love people and appreciate my clients’ vulnerability.
What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?
I haven’t always loved myself well, and I spent years thinking that I wasn’t a good-enough person. I lost my mother at a young age, and without an understanding of the impacts of this grief, I ended up carrying sadness for years, which expressed itself as thoughts that I was permanently broken. As a young woman, I came to consciousness about how gendered some of this was, and that I had been absorbing disempowering messages about my worth as a woman, from my environment. It’s incredible how life has helped me to heal these things. Both the part about being a woman and the part about grief were helped by meeting people that understood those parts of me, as well as taking the time to understand myself without judgment. Once I was ready, I did significant chunks of work with counsellors and traditional knowledge-keepers.
What have you learned from your work?
Human beings need unconditional love and acceptance to function on just a basic level. Each one of us has our own journey, and if we have enough good support, we can make wonderfully creative decisions, take chances, and flourish.